Tuesday, May 31, 2005

i knew it...

I knew it was a bad idea to slack off all weekend... Have worked 15 hours so far today, and I'm sure it will be 1 hour and 5 minutes more. Then the next day's time card will kick in and the fun will continue...

I'm tired. Need vacation. Ooooh - I leave for my vacation in 18 days. Pretty cool, eh?

Hi family - miss you! Hoppas att ni har det bra. Längtar efter att se er!

Saturday, May 28, 2005


Ok - it's official. The Atlanta IKEA is finally opening on June 29!!! Isn't this exciting!?!?

I guess I'll be in Sweden when that happens, where I can go to IKEA every day if I want to... But still!!! It is quite thrilling. I'll be taking a field trip down there at my earliest convenience after returning to this country. It'll be swell.

Ok - back to relaxing. :)


I'm forcing myself to relax this weekend. It's quite nice. Stayed in bed until 10:30 AM - unheard of.

Field trip to San Diego was nice. The average (or median - not sure which one) house price there is $500,000... The median (or average - not sure which one) house price in the country is $230,000... Crazy. But the weather sure is nice there. All the time. Maybe it would be worth it...

Anyway, today I plan to walk around the lake and go shopping. Sounds good, eh? And tonight wedding party for my dear friends Pete and Emi. Too much fun.

This relaxing thing is cool. I should do it more often.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


...is so much better than Monday, but still not even close to as good as Friday.

This particular Wednesday I am going on a field trip to San Diego for a two-hour meeting. Should be fun-filled. I haven't been to San Diego since 1992 when my whole family went for a CA vacation all the way from Sweden. I believe we had to sell one of our cars to finance the trip - but it was worth it!!

Alright - my stomach is growling and those of you who know me well know that this is not a good thing... Hungry Tabita == Cranky Tabita. Can't have that. Happiness is so important.

Thus, I will now venture into the kitchen for some frukost. The pretzels on the plane are not going to cut it (even if they give me two bags).

Sunday, May 22, 2005

weekend update - part 3

80 minutes of strenuous hiking at the lake + brunch at the Pancake Pantry = the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning

weekend update - part 2

Saree 4
Originally uploaded by tabita.
So, to the cultural experience...

Yesterday I spend a good 30 minutes dressing for a dance recital at the Hindu temple. Why 30 minutes, you may ask... Oh, well, just look at the picture. I had to take help from a website to figure it out. But it came out OK in the end. :)

Rohan wore his traditional Indian clothing as well and it was very cool. The dance recital was fun, but sleep-invoking. We left early after chatting with my friend Subba (who lent me the Saree) and came home and changed back into our normal selves.

Ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery followed and then movie at home. Nice day.

Now it's Sunday and work stuff is starting to occupy my brain again. Whew, better get out and do some more walking - it's such a good way to clear the mind.

Anyway, if anyone needs tips on how to put on a saree - I'm your gal. India, here I come. :)

Saturday, May 21, 2005

weekend update - part 1

Saw the latest and greatest (and last - sob) Star Wars movie last night. I was there with my two dates Pete and Rohan (no worries - we're *just* friends) and ate lots of popcorn and coke (to stay awake).

More thrilling than the movie though, was the preview of "The Chronicles of Narina - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe". I've read that series of books so many times and even wrote my final high school project on it (and won a prize!). I'm totally in love with C.S. Lewis (in a very non-erotic way). And finally they are coming out with the movie (where Aslan isn't some guy in a lion suit). I'm excited.

Dragged poor Appwiz around the lake this morning and then he patiently played some racquetball with me. He's really good. I'm really bad. Good thing is that I provide some level of entertainment as I ran around chasing the ball.

And... The weekend saga continues. What's next? Who knows? But, I'm sure it'll be fun.

Friday, May 20, 2005

It's Friday...

Isn't life great??

I mean - a whole weekend to hang out with friends, relax, eat good food, explore other cultures. I'll tell you tomorrow or Sunday what I mean.

Appwiz is coming to visit. Haven't seen him in like 2 years. Should be lots of fun. I'm working on the plan - I promise. It'll be good.

And on the Sweden front: Rebecka is already going over to friends' houses and taking over the instruction of English in her class. Todd is being taken out to lunch by the people at the archives where he hangs out. I'm sure they are a lively gang! :)

Leaving in 29 days. Crazy.

I have no idea what is going on in the world, so I can't comment on that. Anything earth-shattering happen in the last week?

Sunday, May 15, 2005

no more responsibilities!!!

Did the last choir performance for the school year this morning. Whew - it is so good to be done with it. I'm a little burned out, I must say. So, now my Sundays are free, free, free!! Ok - I do have to go to an "end-of-the-year" party next Sunday, but that should be fairly low stress.

So, now I can work even more hours each week!

Saturday, May 14, 2005

it's all about the presentation

I went to dinner at a local Thai restaurant last night. My food was served in a pineapple. It made the fried rice meal about 10x as exciting. I'm eating the leftovers right now. It's not quite as fun without the pineapple - but the flavor is still there - makes me happy. Excellent post-workout meal.

First weekend without the family. Weird. Miss you guys! Glad you finally got reunited with your luggage.

Friday, May 13, 2005

good cause

I went to a benefit for Planned Parenthood last night. It was delightful. They raised over $42,000. Pretty awesome, eh?

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

home alone...

...listening to the soundtrack of Love Actually and working feverishly on a very insane project.

Family: you should be glad you're many, many miles away...

Friends: sorry i'm ignoring you... i still love you!!

Other Random Readers: ehm - my blog is typically more interesting than this - i think...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

they leave today...

Yep - by 3:55 pm the family will be "out of North America and going to Europe" - to quote Rebecka as she was talking about her (almost) 3-month-long trip to Sweden with some of her friends.

I'm excited for them and sad at the same time. Our little house will be empty. But now I don't have to feel guilty when I get home from work at 9 pm and just barely have time to say the night-time prayers with Becka and plop into bed, exhausted from the demands of the day.

Hmmm. Please write me a lot - and call. My parents won't mind the big phone bill... Right? ;)

On another note - for you celebrity-obsessed readers out there. Check out the Huffington Post for lots of celebrity blogs and the latest news. From this dandy site, I found out that Clinton and the next Governor of Arkansas are starting a "ten-year campaign to get the fast-food industry to serve smaller and healthier portions and to improve school dinners."

Finally!! Let me know how I can help.

Sunday, May 08, 2005


...I organized my house. Now I can sleep. God Natt.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

morning run

Start off slow... No watch, no idea how far I will be going. I'm tuning in to the birds chirping, gazing at the blue sky, and enjoying the warm spring sunrays on my body.

Turn left to get onto one of the famous Brentwood "pikes" to see where it will take me. Pass the big white house with the brown fence - 1.5 miles - this is my only landmark that has a distance associated with it. Too early to turn around - keep going - past the big funky house with the musical notes fence. I'm sure there is a good story behind that one.

Greet occasional early morning runners as we pass each other. Cross a little river - how nice. Oh - and there is the park where Rebecka learned how to ride her bike. Wonder if she still remembers how...? It's been a while.

I guess I'll keep going.

Come to a fork in the road - left or right? There is a big hill on the right - I'll go left. Pass a horse farm. "Hi horses! You are very beautiful." Is it time to turn around yet? Not sure... I have no concept of time or distance. Ok, I'll turn around at the next traffic light. I hit the next traffic light. Ok, I'll go a little bit further and turn around at the next traffic light. I hit the next traffic light. I turn around.

Run is halfway done. I'm running faster now. Pass some fragrant flowers - mmm - lovely. My legs are begging to run faster, like a tired horse who knows she's getting close to home. "No, not yet. You'll be too tired at the end if you start speeding up now." I think about work, the day ahead, more work, friends. Woah - I forget that I'm running. Slow down - still to far to start pushing.

Eventually, I turn right to get back on the road that leads back to my starting point. "Ok legs, you can go now." And off they go. So fast that I have to stop and walk before it is really time to cool down. That's OK. Long cool-downs are good. I finally get back to the YMCA - it's been an hour. An amazingly beautiful and relaxing hour. "Hey legs, let's do it again soon!"

Friday, May 06, 2005

Happy Anniversary Dear!!!

Yes - today is our 10th wedding anniversary! Scary, but true. At least we made it over the 7 year threshold for reducing the risk of divorce (love statistics) - so that is good. :)

I'm the luckiest woman alive - that's all I have to say.

Luv ya!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

talent show

Come out to the 2nd Annual "Second Stages" talent show on Saturday at 7 pm at Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

Rebecka and I will be doing Mama Mia (among other things). Oh yeh - it'll be great. Also, our Associate Minister will do her Elvis thing - it is hillarious. I mean hillarious.

See ya there!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005



somebody throw me a lifesaver, please?